Dogs! ratpag Talks Dogs and Transit

Dogs love transit

Dogs love transit

ratpag’s cold, rotten rat heart just melted today after coming across this article about Eclipse, the bus-riding dog.  The story is that Eclipse, having grown impatient with her cigarette-enjoying owner, decided to take the bus the three or four stops to the dog park on her own.

Her owner, Jeff Young, still joins Eclipse for a trip to the dog park but says that, on occasion, “she gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park.”

The bus drivers love her, the passengers love her, even King County Metro Transit is a fan. So who would be against such a happy situation?  That’s right, the uncouth bowels of the internet that is news site commenters.  Many comments are actually quite nice, but here are a few to rain on the parade:

“Cute” story, but there are LEASH LAWS in the city of Seattle that the owners needs to obey!  The owner needs to be fined for endangering the his dog’s life!!

-Jerrie Wolfe

arrest the owner. That dog will get old and at one time bite some little kid on the bus.  Dogs need on a leash.

-LDS

I’m going to get hate for this one, but the owner needs to pay the fare for the dog.

“Small dogs who remain on their owner’s lap ride for free. All other dogs pay the base fare (or reduced fare) paid by the customer accompanying the dog. No zone fare is charged and transfers are to be issued upon request.”

-kockatoo

That was fun while it lasted.

Eclipse not only evades fare but takes up two seats

Eclipse not only evades fares but takes up multiple seats

So how about other traveling dogs?  We’ve all heard of Moscow’s subway-riding dogs, yes?  Their story is that “in the Soviet period, the population of stray dogs…was strictly regulated.”  Think about what, in the Soviet period, “regulation” means.  Then, during perestroika (the restructuring of the Soviet system that eventually led to the end of the USSR), people stopped concerning themselves with killing stray dogs and a free-for-all began.  The stray population exploded.

The dogs sought refuge from the bitter Russian winter and made their way into metro stations.  Rather than being given the boot, “metro workers fed them” and “riders, too, were kind.”  So now we have three kinds of Moscow subway dogs:

  • “Dogs who live on the subway but do not travel,”
  • “Dogs who use the subway to travel short distances instead of walking,” and
  • “Entreprenurial dogs who spend the day riding back and forth, busking.”
The evening commute

The evening commute

How about one last traveling dog story?  This one is from a couple years ago but ratpag had no idea such a business exists, though we’re not all that surprised.  Do you have $349 to burn?  Is your dog an irritable traveler?  Does your dog abstain from alcohol consumption (thus limiting his ability to calm his nerves)?  If you answered yes, yes, yes, then you and your dog may be interested in the Hollywood dog flight training class.

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A diverse group of people and dogs

At K9 Flight School your dog will master:

Airport check-in, TSA screening, boarding, deboarding, turbulence, landing

And, we assume:  take-off, travel delays, home-to-airport travel, airport-to-home travel…and did we mention they filmed Lost at Air Hollywood?

So ratpag fulfilled its goal for the day – we talked about dogs and mixed in some transit.  We made some bad jokes and copied a lot of people’s work but at least we can feel proud of ourselves.  So join us next week when we talk about something else.

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